Bayer Leverkusen keen on Corluka

31 January 2012 09:46

Bayer Leverkusen want to take Tottenham defender Vedran Corluka on loan until the end of the season, Press Association Sport understands.

The right-back was a first-team regular last term, but has been edged out of contention thanks to the excellent form of England youngster Kyle Walker this season.

It is understood that the German side have asked Tottenham if they can take the 25-year-old Croatian, who has made just one Barclays Premier League start this season, on loan until the end of the season.

Corluka is one of a number of fringe players who could leave Tottenham before tonight's transfer window shuts at 11pm. Another seven players - including the likes of Giovani Dos Santos, Sebastien Bassong and Roman Pavlyuchenko - are known to want out of the club as they are frustrated at their lack of first-team football.

Other Spurs players who could be the subject of interest today are goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, midfield duo Steven Pienaar and Niko Kranjcar - who have been linked with London rivals QPR - and England striker Jermain Defoe.

Pavlyuchenko has been strongly linked with a return to his homeland in the last few weeks as he wants to cement his place in the Russia side ahead of Euro 2012.

Reports this morning claimed the 30-year-old striker, who has dropped down the pecking order following the arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor, launched a tirade against Tottenham assistant Kevin Bond during a training session on Sunday over his lack of game time.

Famed for their love of a last-gasp deals, Spurs may also bring in at least one player before tonight's deadline and have been linked with Blackburn duo Chris Samba and Junior Hoilett all month.

Any late transfer dealings could be complicated, however, by the fact that the north Londoners host Wigan at White Hart Lane tonight just over three hours before the window shuts.

Manager Harry Redknapp will also be at Southwark Crown Court all day answering two charges of cheating the public revenue. Redknapp, who denies both charges, is expected to travel to White Hart Lane tonight after the day's proceedings end, and take charge of Spurs for the Wigan game.

Source: PA